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Newsbriefs: Friday, June 9, 2017
Sex assault reported near Frame Lake

RCMP are investigating a reported sexual assault near Frame Lake Wednesday evening.

RCMP stated in a news release the assault may have taken place near Ruth Inch Memorial Pool off the McMahon Frame Lake Trail. A 56-year-old female was brought to Stanton Territorial Hospital for treatment.

RCMP believe those who are in vulnerable situations - including those that are homeless or intoxicated - may be at an increased risk.

- Emelie Peacock

Man charged in death remains in custody

A man charged with impaired driving causing death and other offences in connection with a car accident over the Victoria Day long weekend is to appear in court next Thursday for a bail hearing. Joshua Moore, 29, made a brief appearance in justice of the peace court via video from the North Slave Correctional Complex on Wednesday. He was charged after a car went off the Ingraham Trail on May 28 and plunged into a pond near Prosperous Lake, killing one of the four passengers in the vehicle.

- John McFadden

Honourary law degree for Marie Wilson

Truth and Reconciliation commissioner Marie Wilson has received an honourary doctor of laws degree from the University of Alberta. Wilson was to receive the honour yesterday in Edmonton. She was also scheduled to give the convocation address to U of A Faculty of Engineering graduates yesterday. Wilson became a recipient of the Order of Canada and the Order of the NWT in 2016.

- John McFadden

More money to mining

Nearly $1 million will be given to exploration and prospecting projects in the mining industry, the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment announced today.

Seven corporations and six prospectors will together get $991,054 for existing projects and to start new projects in the NWT. Of the total, $860,693 will go to corporate projects and $130,360 will be given to prospector projects. The Mining Incentive Program that administers the money got a $600,000 increase in funding from the GNWT in March.

- Emelie Peacock

Newsbriefs: Thursday, June 8, 2017

Warming centre closes for summer

The John Wayne Kiktorak Centre, also known as the warming centre, closed for summer on June 1.

A $38,000 donation from the Inuvik Volunteer Firefighters' Association earlier this year helped keep the doors open a little longer.

Last year, the centre pushed for funding to stay open throughout the summer.

Fibre line officially connected

An official opening for Mackenzie Valley Fibre Link is taking place at the Aurora Research Institute this Sunday.

The line connects Inuvik to High Level, Alberta.

The line will support the growth of the remote-sensing and commercial satellite industry in Inuvik.

It was completed March 28 and has been undergoing performance testing since.

Inuvik wins award for water treatment plant

The Town of Inuvik received an award from the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators for its East Channel Water Treatment Plant.

The $19 million project challenged the town in many ways, as the town aimed not to damage the permafrost while keeping costs within certain limits.

The final design included using rectangular chlorine contact tanks verses circular to save on floor space and incorporating UV disinfection to reduce the size of the chlorine tanks.

Also included was using modular rectangular wastewater storage tanks, a first for Northern Canada, which saved on transportation and building costs.

A new raw water pump station was also constructed, allowing for year-round withdrawal of water from the river. It was designed to take into account historic flood levels.

Arctic Markets now at greenhouse

The Inuvik Community Greenhouse will now be hosting the Arctic Markets this summer.

People will be able to visit the market every single Tuesday, starting June 13 and running to September 26.

Dig mining this week

The purpose of Mining Week is to celebrate the hard work of the many people who create wealth for the NWT ‚•„ while safely drawing resources from the land, stated a GNWT news release.

Since mining began in the NWT over 80 years ago, more than $60-billion in a variety of minerals has been mined, stated the release.

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